Who better to replace mom Joan Rivers than her own daughter? When ‘Fashion Police’ resumes on E! in August, Melissa Rivers will officially take a place on the panel alongside Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski, and will continue as the executive producer.
After a whirlwind of drama over the past six months, Melissa Rivers is ready to fill in on E!’s Fashion Police. Along with current panelists Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski, each week will also feature two additional celebrity guests to voice their opinion on the latest looks. The show will return for six episodes beginning August 31, to cover MTV’s VMAs.
“As an executive producer since the beginning, Melissa helped shape ‘Fashion Police’ into an iconic TV series that couples fashion with comedy,” Jeff Olde, exec vice president of programming and development for E! said in a press release, “We are pleased to now also feature Melissa in front of the ‘Fashion Police’ cameras, as she joins returning panelists Giuliana and Brad. And with the added flavor of rotating panelists, the show will deliver fresh, different and unpredictable fashion reviews with each new episode.”
Melissa also commented, “I’m very excited to be given the opportunity to continue to work with my E! and Fashion Police family.”
Of course, the show has undergone a ton of recasting ever since Joan’s death in September. After the Oscars, Giuliana made a comment about singer Zendaya‘s dreadlocked hairstyle, saying that it probably “smells like patchouli oil” or “weed.” This was taken as a racial slur and caused many to speak out about the show. Kelly Osbourne left the show shortly after, followed by Kathy Griffin, who originally took over for Joan. She listed one of her reasons for leaving as being part of a show that partook in “body shaming.”
Regardless, it’s no surprise that Melissa has stepped in, and we couldn’t be more excited to see her recreate the legacy that her mother left. Our sister site Variety originally broke the news. Are you excited?
— Emily Longeretta